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Lola Montès (1955)

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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

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(based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès"), (scenario), 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine Carol ...
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Circus Master
Anton Walbrook ...
Henri Guisol ...
Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ...
Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Paulette Dubost ...
Josephine, The maid
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Student
Jean Galland ...
Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ...
Héléna Manson ...
Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ...
Stewardess
Carl Esmond ...
Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ...
Steward
Friedrich Domin ...
Circus Manager
Werner Finck ...
Wisböck, The artist
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Storyline

The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men. Written by Volker Boehm

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Plot Keywords:

circus | dancer | love | flashback | bavaria | See more »

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She lived too intensely and far too well! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Lola Montès  »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,569 (USA) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$107,264 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Restored version)| (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Max Ophüls' final film, and his only film in color. See more »

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When the Circus Master first tries to recruit Lola, he lists San Francisco as an important North American city, and includes Buffalo Bill in a list of major circus figures. This scene is set shortly before Montez left for Bavaria, so it must be late 1845 or early 1846. San Francisco was called Yerba Buena until 1847, and the name Buffalo Bill was first applied in the 1860s to William F. Cody, who was born in 1846. See more »

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13 September 2004 | by (colorado) – See all my reviews

Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" owes something to Lola Montes.

The movie has its moments -- it worked for me as a meditation on the exploitation of love, and the exploitation of despair. Some have commented on the wooden Martine Carol performance, but I thought that was the point. Lola Montes is a blank slate onto whom her admirers project what they want to see. She's vibrant and captivating only to men who want her. And why do they want her? The endless stream of men willing to pay a dollar to kiss her hand -- they want her only because so many other men have wanted her, famous men. It's not about getting a piece of Lola the person, it's about getting a piece of Lola the brand. She's a product (in a cage!) marketed by Ustinov. They have a creepily symbiotic relationship -- the huckster needs his product, and the product needs to be sold.

Before she sells out to Ustinov, Lola lives for love, exploits it for all she's worth, and is exploited for all she's worth. In despair, she turns to Ustinov's show, where she daily and literally recreates her fall from the heights of romance to the tawdry center ring, where her life is exposed to question and ridicule from the cheap seats.

Not a bad flick. I thought the cheesy storytelling techniques -- the flashbacks, the elements of predictability (of course she's going to meet the King of Germany) her "dangerously weak heart" and the concerned doctor -- were ham handed by design, slyly self-mocking. Lola Montes is a movie worth seeing and thinking about.


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